Running warm up/down 18:00  2.0 mi (9:00 / mi)
1mi w/up around start, 1m w/down around finish feeling terrible.
Urban Orienteering race 56:07  7.9 mi (7:06 / mi) +10m 7:05 / mi
London City Race - M21E, 13th, 56:07
A definite runners course, so a shame my legs were in bits after yesterday.
Honestly think I could have run 2 mins quicker at least if fresh, so maybe come about 7th. However, that's my choice to race three times this weekend and so I can't complain really.
Looking at the splits, only two issues really, otherwise just running a bit slower than everyone else. In actual fact set off a bit slower than usual on basis of long course & tired legs and a good thing I did or I really would have gone out of the back door. As it was just about managed to keep going to the end, was in a far worse state than yesterdays races.
If any one is reading, please provide a water station at some point next year and I will be very grateful!
Anyway, the two issues mentioned above, namely legs S-1 and 8-9, set off to 1 with the aim of going through the canopy marked running NE/SW at 2 o'clock off Westferry circus. However on running through the square where 9 is, looked ahead and couldn't see an underpass or passage, only some doors at the base of the builiding, which were shut. On the basis the final instructions said 'Do not enter buildings or indoor shopping arcades' I went round the the south. Clearly the map suggests it is passable but really it is the doors that put me off, I would think doors suggest you are entering a building. Looking at the splits everyone else must have gone through, and back 8-9 which I didn't do either. Perhaps I was a bit naive, but, and I've checked on street view, to all intents and purposes this looks like a building.
Apart from that, other observations
1-2 Went east and down steps
3-4 went under first bridge, slightly hesitantly, may have been better going over both bridges At least I didn't cross the uncrossable fence like the guy I saw out of 4.
5-6, should have gone east from 5 but went back through 3.
9-10, down steps
10-11, under DLR station
11-12 approached 12 from N overshot slightly
14-15, west route
15-16 west route, cut straight to under DLR via car park, could have zig zagged further E
16-17 Overshot slightly on underpass
18-19 spent a few seconds working out which side control was
20-21 kept thinking this was a trick and you couldn't just nail it down the river
21-22 to south of stables and followed path
23-24 came out at Mudchute and went south, should prob have gone north
26-27 via riverbank
27-28 approached from the north, closer look suggests south better
28-29 via Island Gardens
Still, much better than 29th last year, but simple courses this year.
Enjoyable all the same, great atmosphere